CEREMONY

Ceremony




Marlene Colon and Alan Rogers exchange marital vows in the gazebo of
West Haven's Savin Rock Conference Center in 2007.

Michelle Biewald and LeRon Trottman begin their new lives together at
Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, 2007.


        

David Lowe and Melissa Weid tie the knot in Wolcott in 2005.

Alan H. Randall and Karen Thomas are pronounced husband and wife in
a backyard ceremony in Waterbury, July 2000.

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God and in the presence of these witnesses, to join together this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony; which is an Honorable estate.  It is therefore not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently.  Into this estate, these two persons come now to be joined.

I require and charge you both, as you stand here in the presence of these witnesses, to remember that love and loyalty alone will avail as the foundation of a happy and enduring home.  No other human ties are more tender, no other vows are more sacred than these you now assume.  If these vows are kept, your lives will be full of happiness and the home which you are establishing will abide in peace.

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

Bride's Father or other person:
Her mother and I do (or other appriopiate saying)

Bride and groom join hands.

Readings:
  If applicable

To the Groom:

(Name)
  Will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together in the estate of matrimony?  Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her; in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, keeping only unto her, so long as you both shall live?

Answer:     I do!

To the Bride:

(Name)    Will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to live together in the estate of matrimony?  Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him; in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, keeping only unto him, so long as you both shall live.

Answer:     I do!

Groom:

I (Name), take you (Name), to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until death do us part. 

Groom places ring on Bride's left hand ring finger.

Bride:

I (Name), take you (Name), to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until death do us part. 

Bride places ring on Groom's left hand ring finger.

About the rings:

These rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace signifying unto all the uniting of this man and this woman in the bonds of Holy Matrimony.

Conclusion:
At this time, both left hands are joined together.

Those whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder! For (Name) and (Name) have consented together in Holy Matrimony and have witnessed the same before God and this company and thereto have given a pledge of their love and commitment each to the other and have declared the same by the giving and receiving of rings and the joining of hands; by the power and virtue of authority placed in me by the Great State of Connecticut as Justice of the Peace in said State and in accordance with the laws of the State of Connecticut, I pronounce you Husband and Wife together!

You may kiss the Bride.

Groom takes this opportunity to kiss the Bride or show some other type of physical affection as their custom may permit.

It is with great pleasure that I introduce for the very first time, Mr. and Mrs. (Whomever)!